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Nov 3, 2013 6:30pm EST
the state senate and split democrats in the house. state senator barack obama cosponsored a bill that was unanimously approved. many red states impose a duty to retreat. indeed, it is a universal principle that a person can use force when she reasonably believes that it is necessary defend against the use of eminent force. she is justified in using deadly force if she reasonably believes it necessary to prevent bodily harm. it is not an easy defense to assert. it certainly does not mean you can shoot first and ask questions later. these are not a license to be a vigilante. that is why this debate is not new. in ancient britain, when the deadliest weapons were sorts, a duty to retreat greatly reduced blood feuds. despite what gun prohibitionists claim, the no retreat rule has deep roots in american law. a unanimous 1895 case of beard versus the united states. in places with the duty to retreat, crime victims can be imprisoned for defending themselves. omestic violence victims are harmed by duty to retreat. feminists support stand your ground. these laws are to support law-abiding
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